Reading Tips & the Best Books for Kids

In our home, helping the kids learn to read was what we called 'a full contact sport'.  Constant movement. Non-stop questions. Continuous encouragement (and honestly, even some arguing). It was not an easy task.  Both of our ...
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DIY Christmas Stocking Ornament Craft for Kids

DIY Christmas Stocking Ornament Craft for Kids

It's always fun to pull out some simple craft activities & family ideas during the holidays!Nothing complicated -- just something the kids enjoy creating and that usually involves something sparkly :)And kids adore making ornaments to h...
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Teaching Kids about Veterans Day & Remembrance Day

Talking to kids about unhappy moments can be tough -- BUT it's a necessary thing in life.  Educating them about Veterans Day, Remembrance Day and war is one of those occasions -- it's not a pleasant topic to discuss but one that needs...
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Care Package Ideas for College Students

Great ideas for things to include in a care package for college students!Our son went away to college to begin his Freshman year last week. Amazingly enough, we fit everything he needed in the car, drove 900 miles to drop him off, helped hi...
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20 Healthy Breakfast Ideas {w/free meal planner printable!}

These healthy breakfast ideas will be a big hit (and help) during the school year!  Plus the free printable meal planner is perfect for keeping you organized in the mornings. Today we are going to make mornings & breakfast easier,...
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10 Creative Activities for Kids Who Can't Sit Still

10 Creative Activities for Kids Who Can't Sit Still

Creative activities for kids who have to fidget, move and stay active!Our kids could never sit still during reading time. They would ask to build block towers, do headstands on the couch so they could see the book upside down or color ...
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9 College Prep Tips: How to Get Ready for Freshman Year

If you have a teen, these college prep tips will help you get them ready for Freshman year!I want to prepare you for what’s coming – the honest & brutal truth -- your kids will grow up and leave you.I'm sure you know this but as it ...
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7 Great End-of-Summer Outings for Families

It's hard to believe but our kids will go back to school in less than a month! I know!  The month of July always seems to fly by for us. Soon we'll be dealing with schedules, homework and early bedtimes.  But we're not going do...
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5 Tips for Kayaking with Kids

Try something new this summer by learning to kayak with your kids -- we've got tips & inspiration for how to get started!  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . All details & opinions are m...
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30 Fun Things to do in June: Holidays & Observances

Sometimes creating fun memories is as simple as celebrating a day together -- so I thought I would share some of the fun & unique June Observation Days that families will enjoy! It seems that there is a Fun Day celebration for everythi...
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How to Start a Mother Daughter Book Club

Tips & book recommendations for starting a Mother/Daughter book club!As much as I love read aloud sessions with my kids , I also know that I can’t read to them forever – although I’ll certain keep trying ;)As kids get older, the ...
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30 Games & Activities to Play at the Park

Enjoy these fun games & activities you can play at the park this month!Spring is here which means Summer is not far behind so it's time to hit the great outdoors.And you know how much we LOVE getting outdoors and exploring so we're help...
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50 Memorable Read-Aloud Books for Kids

Today is a double celebration at our house -- first, it's my daughter's birthday so we're doing all the things she loves :) and second, it's World Read Aloud Day! Which is very coincidental since my little girl is the BIGGEST read-aloud fan...
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The Best Books to Read at the Breakfast Table

When do you do storytime at your house? I know most families (ours included!) choose to read right before naptime or bedtime.  The kids are winding down and it's a great opportunity to snuggle up with a story. That's usually when we ...
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Valentine Craft & Sensory Activity: Spice-scented Cards for Kids

Kids will enjoy this combo valentine craft and sensory activity as they create spice-scented cards for their friends & family! I'm one of those people who hates to throw things away.  I always try to think of some way we can use up...
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